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10 1/2 W Pelham St., Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-5264
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 190
    Excellent
  • 244
    Very good
  • 136
    Average
  • 39
    Poor
  • 54
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Seafood Chowder

The chowder is magnificent, mussels to die for. service ok does flow the U.S. in & out philosophy. Great atmosphere if we could linger. Great meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Drew L
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

The chowder is magnificent, mussels to die for. service ok does flow the U.S. in & out philosophy. Great atmosphere if we could linger. Great meal.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Some Easter's we head down to Newport for brunch at The Black Pearl. It's a very pretty spot (inside) right on the wharf and we especially love the eggs benedict....so rich!! It was cold and blustery outside so the Pub is a great place to warm up. The place was hopping at around noon with families celebrating the holiday. Very... More 

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Portsmouth, RI
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I haven't had a full meal at the Black Pearl in years. The chowder is still definitely delicious but the rest of our entrees were nothing special. We had veal marsala and a lobster over pasta dish. Both were only OK. I had brought friends from out of town so I was disappointed and they were as well. I guess... More 

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Malone NY
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11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Always a great place to go for chowder and a sandwich. Very good wait staff. Cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

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Ridgely, MD
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We walked down a small street and entered the Pub side of the Black Pearl. Bartender was very friendly and drinks were very good. We ate on the Pub side at a nice table by the window. I ordered the most wonderful scallops I have ever tasted.....Nantucket Scallops. Truly heavenly. My husband had chowder and scampi....we cleaned our plates. The... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Have a bowl of chowder and skip the food ! Very average and tired menu. Great location and nice atmosphere.

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Vienna, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I love the Black Pearl in summer because you can have a great (but not the best) bowl of chowder, with a great view of the water, and great people watching. Inside the restaurant is cramped, dark, and loud. Some might like that, but I prefer to seat more than 6" from the next table.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Stopped by last Saturday for lunch. I was surprised at how tight the tables were situated. My husband and I ordered the chowder. Not disappointed. Delicious! Then, I had the grilled cheese with bacon and tomato, yummy. My husband had a roast beef sandwich. He said it was very good. Kind of expensive for lunch, $50 with tip. I would... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Was expecting a more elegant restaurant from the descriptions I read and was very disappointed. It is an ordinary restaurant with ordinary food that is overpriced. Would not recommend

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Rhode Island USA
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a very expensive restaurant with a very limited menu. Service is good but understand why the crowds. You always need reservations. I don't think it was worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 1/2 W Pelham St., Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: (401) 846-5264

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 55
  • Cuisine: French, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?